Val Kilmer was ‘very emotional’ after ‘talking’ to Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Val Kilmer, playing Tom ‘Ice Man’ Kazansky, has appeared in the much-anticipated sequel – released 36 years after the original film – despite losing his voice to throat cancer in 2015.

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Val Kilmer has shared how he was “very emotional” after ‘talking’ with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick.

Hollywood legend Val played Lieutenant Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky in the first installment of the blockbuster franchise that debuted in 1986.

His character is Tom’s rival, Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, as they chase to be the best student in training before becoming his wingman and earning respect. each other.

Val’s character appeared in the critically acclaimed sequel – released 36 years after the original – with the actor returning to the big screen despite losing his voice to throat cancer in 2015.

Kilmer, left, as Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky and Tom Cruise as Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 blockbuster


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Val had to undergo several tracheotomy surgeries, two tracheostomy and chemotherapy as he endured a two-year battle with throat cancer that left the actor plugged in with an electric voice box. management due to permanent damage.

He usually covers his throat in public with a scarf and coat but the 62-year-old was, notably, able to ‘talk’ in his footage with Cruise, 59, thanks to amazing AI technology.

In one scene, Maverick visits Iceman, who is currently an Admiral in the United States Navy and commander of the United States Pacific Fleet.

“The Navy needs you Maverick, they (the pilots) need you,” Kazansky said through the computer screen at the very last moment of the scene.

Val revealed how he felt after filming the scenes and that they “laughed all day” on set. He also praised the “good storyline” for his character in the film, which has grossed more than $203 million (£162.5 million) at the box office since it premiered on May 27.

Top Gun: Maverick looks set to be one of Tom Cruise’s highest-grossing movies


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He told USA Today: “I was so emotional the first time I saw it. Almost 40 years is a long time for a reunion. We laughed all day. Tom was great and funny. surprising way !!

“It’s been great to see Iceman achieve such success in a career he loves. It’s a great story. And it’s exciting to be back with Tom.

He added: “I love Tom. We’ve always gotten along really well.”

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